After witnesses fail to appear, judge declares mistrial in case of man accused in crash that killed aspiring model
Gustavo Adrian Vega, 23, was ready for trial Wednesday morning at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana when the judge tossed out the case because two defense witnesses failed to show up.
At about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2010, Vega, a former Orange Coast College student, allegedly ran a red light while driving drunk on Sunflower Avenue near South Coast Plaza and barreled into a car in which Cara Lee, 20, was riding. Lee, an aspiring model who had beaten cervical cancer and worked as a recreational youth leader in Newport Beach, was killed in the crash.
Authorities claim Vega had been drinking in Santa Ana earlier in the day and had hit a parked car there before driving into Costa Mesa, where he crashed.
-- Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot / Times Community News
Photo: Cara Lee. Credit: Family photo.